Emma Swanson

   Christmas 1950

Emma Swanson (3/03/1867 - 6/16/1960) and John Swanson (ca. 1861 - 4/17/1942) were the foster parents of my mother Eleanor Ness. Emma was unmarried when she emigrated from Sweden at age 28 (see her emigration contract dated 10/11/1895). She eventually settled in Minneapolis and married John Swanson ca. 1899 (see their wedding photo). Swanson (or Svensson before she left Sweden) was both her maiden name and her married name.

After the death of Eleanor's mother Nellie Rubin on 4/30/1911, her father George Rubin sent my mother to lived with the Swansons, who had no other children. They first lived in a small house on Cedar Lake in Minneapolis. Later (starting ca. 1917?), they lived in the lower unit of a duplex at 2516 West 22nd Street built by Emma's brother Charles Swanson. My mother grew up speaking both English and Swedish; Emma spoke good English but with a strong Swedish accent.

My family (parents P. Norman Ness & Eleanor Ness, brother David Ness, and myself) lived in the upper unit of the duplex until the early 1950s. Emma remained in the lower unit until her death in 1960. The family pictures of Emma from the 1950s below, at her duplex and at our house a block away at 2415 West 22nd Street, are from my dad's slides.

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